What is adhesive?

  • (noun): A substance that unites or bonds surfaces together.
    Synonyms: adhesive material
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An adhesive, also known as glue, is a material, typically liquid or semi-liquid, that adheres or bonds items together. Adhesives come from either natural or synthetic sources. The types of materials that can be bonded are vast but adhesives are especially useful for bonding thin materials. Adhesives cure (harden) by either evaporating a solvent or by chemical reactions that occur between two or more constituents.

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Some articles on adhesive:

Self-adhesive Tape - Adhesives
... There are rubber adhesives of natural or synthetic nature ... Rubber adhesives retain their adhesive properties at extremely low temperatures down to -700C, which ensures their successful use in winter conditions and different climatic zones ... Rubber adhesives are successfully used indoors, but they are not resistant to ultraviolet radiation, thus limiting their use outside the premises ...
Adhesive Tape
... Adhesive tape is one of many varieties of backing materials coated with an adhesive ... Several types of adhesives can be used ...
Adhesive Bonding - Overview
... The adhesive bonding with organic materials, i.e ... The adhesive layer thickness depends on the viscosity, rotational speed and the applied tool pressure ... The procedural steps of adhesive bonding are divided into the following Cleaning and pre-treatment of substrates surfaces Application of adhesive, solvent ...
Self-adhesive Tape
... Self-adhesive tape is a thin polymer product, with one side covered by an adhesive composition ... Protective adhesive tape can be used for temporary protection of corrugated board, metal sandwich panels, window profiles, aluminum panels, other ... When operating the product protective adhesive tape is removed from the surface to be protected, while it leaves no traces ...
Design of Adhesive Joints
... For most adhesive joints, this can be achieved using fracture mechanics ... In such models, the behavior of the adhesive layer itself is neglected and only the adherents are considered ... This is typically the mode for which the adhesive exhibits the highest resistance to fracture ...

More definitions of "adhesive":

  • (adj): Tending to adhere.